Well, I didn't know I wanted to be a CRNA at the beginning of my nursing career. I went straight into working in an ED upon graduating from nursing school and LOVED it. In fact, I if I was to do staff nursing, that is the only place I can imagine myself working. I guess you can say I am an adrenaline Junky! ha At any rate, I got bored and needed more of a challenge. So, I decided to go back to school and get my BSN. Then, I took a clinical coordinator position and I like it, but I still needed more...At first, I thought about becoming an Emergency Nurse Practicioner, but there are only two programs in the US and I wasn't willing to move half-way across the country to study. However, after investigating other careers and shadowing them, I decided to become a CRNA. I really liked the autonomy, the respect they have earned, as well as the job they performed. Of course, if you are going to spend two yrs+ in grad school, you might as well go for the job you like the most as well as the most lucrative one in nursing. A friend once told me about anesthesia-
"99% of the time it is a great job and 1% of the time it is sheer TERROR." So, I think I will still get that adrenaline rush that I liked about working in the ED and will still have to think on my feet-so to speak. Some people have always said it takes a special, rare breed of nurse to work in certain areas and I think that those who pursue careers as CRNA's belong in that group too, if not more so. Of course, it takes special people to be nurses in general, but I think most would agree that certain personality types work better in some settings??